Hmm eating is important.
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No matter what our area of daily activity, it is natural and even necessary that we myopically focus on the problems and issues of the day. But it is also important to step back once in a while to consider how the situations of today fits into a longer-term context.
Along that line, we are in the midst of a series of columns that goes beyond the agricultural issues and policy motivations of today, this month, this year or even the five years of a farm bill. Part of the reason for doing this is to remind us that—as natural as it is to think that they originated in the 1930s—agricultural policies have been part of this country before this country was declared a separate country.
As mentioned in an earlier column, for most of the history of the US the agricultural policies were developmental in nature (e.g. early land distribution; publicly-funded education, research, and extension; publicly-funded expansion of our transportation systems; publically funded credit institutions; etc., etc.). While these polices were generally aimed at agricultural inputs by increasing their supply, lowering their cost and/or increasing their quality, they ensured that consumers had plenty to eat.